Los Angeles Rams: Stock Up, Stock Down After Win Over Jaguars

by Alex Perl
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It feels refreshing to finally relive a victory Monday again. This is surely the case as the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 37-7,  ending a three-game losing streak.

The offense and defense showed up in the dominating performance. Hopefully the momentum will carry over to next week’s Monday night clash against the divisional leader Arizona Cardinals.

Let’s take a look at some players whose stock either soared or plummeted in the Rams victory on Sunday.

Stock Down

Dont’e Deayon

It is truly hard to find many holes in such a dazzling performance from the Los Angeles Rams, but the biggest dud of all was indeed the 27-year-old cornerback.

Overall the secondary played a spectacular game, and was instrumental  Trevor Lawrence passing for only 145 yards. Deayon was targeted against five times and allowed 56 yards, which was the most allowed all targeted secondary players.

In a game where the secondary had possibly their best game all season, Deayon was the only negative here on a near perfect Rams performance.

Stock Up

Matthew Stafford

The Los Angeles Rams offense was clicking on all cylinders on Monday — but the best of the bunch was Matthew Stafford. After three straight weeks of average play, the veteran quarterback reverted back to a MVP caliber performance. For the first half of the season, this was the norm.

Passing for nearly 300 yards with three touchdowns, Stafford was at his best in this contest. Hhad his first non-turnover performance since Week 7.

The dazzling performance from Stafford hopefully prepares him for a tough test against the Arizona Cardinals. This display is surely a huge confidence builder not only for Stafford, but for this rejuvenated Rams offense.

Rams Offensive Line

Starting left tackle Andrew Whitworth was once again at his best. The 39-year old didn’t allow a single pressure and was the star of this group. However, every offensive lineman deserves some credit in this one.

With only six total pressures allowed on Stafford, there was not one offensive lineman who allowed more than two. For an offensive line which has struggled as of late, this was a huge bounce back performance. All five offensive lineman graded at over 70 according to PFF.

Aaron Donald

It is weird to say the stock was ever down for the superstar defender — but Donald has been quiet as of late. This performance was reminiscent of why Donald is considered one of the best, if not the best defender in all of football.

He was superb in getting to the quarterback, while also stuffing the run. And was nearly perfect in what was his best performance of the season. His play was the best among a defensive group that shined brightest in almost pitching a shut out against the lethargic Jacksonville offense on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Rams needed a display from the star of this defensive line, and Donald more than delivered. He was a problem from start to finish in this contest, and finished with season high PFF grade of 94.9.

 

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